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Freeride in Powder Lover’s Japan

The typical freerider’s dream destination would surely be set in Japan. There’s almost nowhere else on earth that matches Japan’s downpour of fresh pow. The place is made for freeriders. Not only are the near-guaranteed a healthy covering of fresh snow on their visit, but they can also expect some of the world’s most epic backcountry. There are features galore in off-piste Japan, which will see aerial specialists hit tonnes of natural kickers, drop from huge cliffs and find their own lines on the mountain - far from any lines for the lifts. Freeriding in Japan. It’s a powder lover’s dream.

Meet your expert

Our Head of Sales travel is a true board rider. From starting out skating as a kid back home in the UK, to snowboarding in the European Alps and Canada, to chasing waves all across the globe, Mister Jenner has done it all. Now spending his time flipping between the mountains and the ocean, Martin is your go-to guy for Snow Travel and Maldives Surf Trips.

Why Book With Us

The best thing about booking with us is that we are unbiased. We don’t have exclusive contracts with selected resorts, operators or providers in Japan, but rather have them all to make sure you get exactly the holiday you are dreaming of. No compromises, no sad faces - as we offer the widest collection of alternatives for skiing in Japan.

The snow has captured our hearts for years. Most of our staff have spent extensive time living, traveling and hunting snow across the globe and we know the best operators and destinations to suit your budget and skill level. With us, it’s always personal. We cater to your needs and come up with the best alternatives that suit you.

We offer best price guarantee - always and forever! We figured out all the cost traps, so you don’t have to. There are many. But through our extensive network and long-lasting relationships, we know how to avoid them and save you hard-earned cash on unnecessary costs.

We offer safe, fast and reliable payment and booking options. But what makes LUEX stand out is that you are talking to real people! Our dedicated sales agent not only walks you through the process step-by-step but will assist you with everything you need along the way. Jetting off to your dream destination has never been easier!

At LUEX, you get to talk to real people with real input! All of our sales agents are experienced skiers and riders, and understand what it’s like to book your first (or second or third) snow trip. No scripted messages, no robot typing – just real-time assistance and a human touch.

Be Aware

Freeriding does come with some pitfalls. Well… falls, to be exact. Usually, catching an edge, misjudging a landing or sliding off a rail means just dusting yourself off and getting on with it. But sometimes the unfortunate happens and an injury ensues. If you’re unlucky enough to have an accident, make sure you’re properly covered. Get in touch with LUEX to find out our recommended insurance providers for your trip.

What our customers say

"...We had a great vacation with these awesome Guys. Everthing worked really well. Our Guides were fantastic, very friendly and helped in every situation! So, we can definitley recommend the Goodguides!!!..."

(Goodguides - Honshu Backcountry Tours)

"...If you are looking for a very good package, location, guiding, accomodation and breakfast, different place every day, best line, restaurant advice, SHERPAS RIDE is for you..."

(Sherpasride – Freeride Camp Hokkaido)

"It was a flat-out great experience! The organization was really flexible, so they made shure we could hit the best snow available. The hotels were nice and were often equipped with an onsen! I can recommend this tour without any hesitation."

(Black Diamond Tours)

"This experience I wanted to feel much much powder everywhere. It comes true! In Japan I ride 1,5 m deep powder close to ski lift. It’s close and amazing. Lodge is god and cheap. I sleep in good rooms and ski 11 days."

(Black Diamond Tours)

Five Reasons to Freeride in Japan


Japan's world-class powder

How does this place get so much snow? Well, you can thank the weather systems flowing from Japan’s mainland and nearby islands. These act as a funnel for cool winds and moisture, which bring a good dusting of the white stuff to its much more elevated neighbouring mountains. Ski towns get about 300 to 600 inches of snow each year, but it dumps even more upon the hills. The snow quality is unreal too. It can sometimes be heavy out here but most snowfall produces light and fluffy powder. So, expect some serious powder riding when you’re here.


Incredible mountains in Japan

So many great backcountry summits to explore, so little time. Let’s get right to it. Mt. Tiene in the famous Hokkaido Prefecture is a brilliant place to start for big backcountry. It’s a shredder’s dream as it comes with a lot of snow (4 meters each year to be precise). Freeriders will love exploring the rest of Hokkaido with some incredible untapped backcountry terrain on offer, near resorts you’ve never heard of, in towns you can’t pronounce. Honshu is another impeccable option for freeride fans. And Myoko is fresh out of a winter’s dream with the untamed region perfect for powder hounds. Get in touch with us to find your ideal mountain destination in Japan.


The most appealing freerider terrain

The terrain is fun out here in Japan. Real fun. Such incredible riding landscape deserves a traditional bow, as it ticks so many boxes. It’s steep, it’s deep and it shows off a range of natural features for freeriders to get creative on. Your tour guides will send you in the right direction if you want cliff drops and huge verticals (of which there are plenty), and same goes for chutes, glacier bowls, and just big wide open spaces. The terrain is fun but best of all it’s diverse enough to whet any freerider’s appetite.


Japan doesn't have to be expensive

Japan isn’t a bank account killer. It’s affordable compared to many other global options. Accommodation on your freestyle trip can sometimes be tailored to your budget, depending on your operator choice. Some offer hostel-style lodgings, which will keep an extra Yen or two in your pocket. As Japan has grown so much in popularity over the years, more budget airlines are taking the trip over from Europe and other major areas of the globe. So if you’re on a budget, you could still be on for Japan.


Unique japanese culture

If you’ve been to Japan, you’ll know there’s something infectious about it’s beautiful and timeless culture. Japan infuses the new with the old, with incomparable traditional cuisine the perfect precursor to a night of bar hopping or nightclubbing. For more than just a freeride trip, go check out Japan’s one of a kind culture.

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While Hokkaido and it's mountains claim all the fame, Japan has so much more to offer for any serious shredder.

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